Saturday, November 1, 2008

Speed a factor in fatal accident (Trailer Sway)

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Speed a factor in fatal accident near Echo
October 28th, 2008 @ 1:29pm

(KSL News) One man was killed, four others injured in an accident on Interstate 80 near Echo at milepost 170 in Summit County.

The Utah Highway Patrol says the driver, 40-year-old Ty R. Richins, was traveling westbound on I-80 Sunday pulling a camping trailer and Jeep Wrangler behind his 1990 Ford F-350. The trailer and Jeep began to sway back and forth forcing the truck off the road. The truck hit a post and part of an exit sign, overturning the truck, which then rolled.

The truck, trailer and Jeep separated. The trailer and the Jeep overturned and rolled onto the Interstate, blocking the lanes of travel.

Richins, who is from Syracuse, was ejected from the vehicle suffering major trauma to his head and torso. He was found dead under the truck.

None of the four passengers was ejected, but all of them were injured. A family friend, 73-year-old Paul Arellanes, was sitting in the middle of the front seat. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance with a head injury. As were Richins' 16- and 17-year-old sons, who were in the rear passenger seats.

Arellanes is from Placitas, New Mexico.

Richins' 69-year-old father, Jerry, who was in the front passenger seat, was flown by helicopter to the hospital with injuries to his head, neck and back.

Richins was not exceeding the speed limit, but the highway patrol says due to the weight of all three vehicles, speed was a factor in the crash.

No one was wearing a seat belt

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Loose Trailer Causes Multi-vehicle accident bogs down southbound I-15

August 8th, 2008 @ 3:27pm

(KSL News) An accident involving several vehicles is caused heavy traffic delays on southbound I-15 at 13200 South this afternoon.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers say a pickup truck was traveling southbound while pulling a boat behind it when the boat came loose. A Ford pickup truck traveling behind the first truck was unable to stop and hit the boat.

After hitting the boat, the Ford veered into another lane of traffic and into a tractor-trailer. This second collision caused the Ford to roll into the median.

The driver of the Ford escaped with minor injuries and was taken to Alta View Hospital for treatment.

Two People Injured after a Trailer Became Unhitched

Two People Injured after a Trailer Became Unhitched
May 12th, 2007 @ 10:15pm
(KSL News) Troopers say a trailer carrying trash became unhitched from a truck, slammed into a concrete barrier around 2150 South 5600 West, and then barreled into a Jeep.

Two people were injured in the accident and were taken to the hospital.

West Valley City Police Sgt. Dusten Hansen says if you are going to tow something, make sure to use safety chains and cover your load. He also says it's against the law if you don't.

The driver in this case will likely be cited.

Loose trailer collides with motorcyclist

Loose trailer collides with motorcyclist
May 3rd, 2008 @ 10:04pm

(KSL News) A motorcycle accident on I-80 this afternoon shut down Parley's Canyon.

A utility trailer came unattached from a car heading down the canyon. A motorcyclist behind it couldn't stop in time and slammed into it.

The motorcylist was flown to the hospital in critical condition.

I-80 was closed for some time but has since reopened.

UHP believes strong wind started accident that killed three

UHP believes strong wind started accident that killed three
July 9th, 2008 @ 10:13am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Highway Patrol believes strong winds may have caused a rollover accident that killed a Murray man and his two stepchildren.

A UHP spokesman says conditions were windy Sunday on State Road 24 near Hanksville. Darren Westerfield was driving a sport utility vehicle and pulling a boat on a trailer, creating more surface area for the wind to hit.

Troopers believe Westerfield lost control of the SUV, which rolled off of the road. Tyler Hibler, 15, and 7-year-old Alissa Keep also died in the crash. Four other family members survived.